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Ancient Carnelian Beads with Peg Pendant


Swat Valley


Carnelian, Silver


The necklace is 20 4/8 inches (53 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 43.5 gm.







A necklace of one seventy-two carnelian beads, of round shape, with a center pendant bead with peg like shape. The pendant bead is 1.35 cm cm in height, and 6 mm wide. The drill hole diameter is 2 mm. The round largest bead at the center is 8.6 mm in length and 9.2 mm in width. The beads graduate in size towards the back with the smallest bead being 5 mm in length and 5.2 mm in width. The drill hole diameters are 2 mm. There is an additional pair of very small carnelian disc beads facing the pendant. They are 2 mm in length and 3 mm in width. These beads come from the Swat Valley in what is now northern Pakistan, between the Indus River and the Karakoram Mountain range to the north. The beading tips and hook and eye clasp are fine silver.